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Make UC and Cincinnati your home.

Start by finding students who are having the same global experience that you are or meeting students who are curious about your country and your travels. You'll find a warm welcome!


International Partners and Leaders (IPALs) is a student group run through UC International.

These international and domestic students are UC International's ambassadors on campus. They help host events so students from many different cultures can share experiences and make new friends. All students are welcome at the events, so follow the IPALs social media (@ucipals) and UC International's social media to find out what is happening.

If you are interested in supporting UC's international students, learn more about applying to join this group of student leaders through CampusLink.

International student groups

There are many other international student groups on campus. You can search "international" or a specific country name or cultural term in the organizations tab of CampusLink to see whether there is a group you would like to join.

Can't find one? Start your own! 

International student organizations with contact information
Student Organization (Email linked if available) Social Media Account 
African Student Association @ucasa_cincy
Arab Student Association @asa.uc
Asian American Association  
Bengali Student Association @bengalisatucinci
Brazilian Student Association @brasacincinnati
Bridges International at UC @bridges.uc
Chinese Students and Scholars Association  
Club-Hispano @uc_hispano
Cultural Society of Iranian Students in Cincinnati  
Indian Students Association @isa_ucy
International Bearcats (iCats) @uc_icats
Japanese and American Student Society @uc_jass
Korean Culture & Dance Club @uc.kcdc
Latinx en Accion @latinxenaccion
Midwest Dhamaka @midwestdhamaka
Nepalese Student Association @nsa_uc
Nigerian Students' Association @ucnsa1
Omani Students Association  
Pinoy-American Student Organization @uc_paso
Rangla Punjab @ranglapunjab_uc
Saudi Arabian Student Association @saudisincincy
SKY @ UC @skyatuc
South Asian American Student Association @ucsaasa
Sri Lankan Students Association Facebook page
Taiwanese Student Association @uc_tsa
The Collective @thecollectiveuc
UC Dhadak International Dance Team @uc_dhadak
Undergraduate German Student Association  
United Asian Advocates @unitedasianadvocates
University of Cincinnati Laya @uc_laya
Vietnamese International Student Association  
Vietnamese Student Association @ucvsa
International Graduate Student Association @igsa_uc

If any information on this list is inaccurate, contact our office.


A great way to get involved in the community is by volunteering! UC's Center for Community Engagement helps students find service opportunities (and bonus: they may count as service hours for common UC scholarships).

Explore Cincinnati

Since when do pigs fly? What's the Big Red Machine? Why is there a district called Over the Rhine when the nearest river is named the Ohio? If you live in Cincinnati, you'll learn the answers to all of those questions, and many more.

You'll understand Cincinnati's character as a surprisingly international city, headquarters to almost a dozen Fortune 500 companies, that still thinks of itself as a solidly German-American town and still splits itself east/west along a canal that was paved over a century ago.

We're a midwestern city perched on the southern-most edge of the U.S.'s northern states, just over the mountains from the eastern seaboard and a long day's journey from the prairies and plateaus of the greater midwest.

We have the oldest city food festival in the U.S. and the big sister to New York City's famous Brooklyn Bridge. Our distinctive collection of 19th-century Italianate buildings has rapidly filled with exciting restaurants in the 21st century. A glorious art deco train station houses some of our museums, and a museum houses a collection of iconic signs that signal Americana the world over.

A journalist once called Cincinnati, perched along the Ohio River, "Ohio's front porch." We hope you'll find it a welcoming place.